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International Spillover of Labor Market Reforms

Author/Editor: Dao, Mai
Authorized for Distribution: April 1, 2008
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Summary: This paper uses a dynamic economy model, with unionized labor markets, to analyze the effects of labor market reforms, similar to those recently introduced in Germany, on the domestic and trading partner economies. The model is calibrated on Germany and the rest of the Euro area. The results indicate that German labor market reforms have positive spillover effects on the rest of the Euro area, which operate through the channel of trade, relative price adjustment, and financial market integration. Compared to a competitive labor market, setting, unionization dampens the positive response of the domestic economy and magnifies the spillover effects.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 08/113
Subject(s): Labor market reforms | Germany | Europe | Labor policy | Price adjustments | International capital markets | International trade
Author's keyword(s): policy spillover | unionized labor markets | open economy model
 
English  
    Published:   April 1, 2008        
            Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2008113   Pages:   35
    Price:   US$18.00 (Academic Rate: US$18.00 )
       
     
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